Growing organs for transplant could be possible with the creation of the first synthetic embryo

In a major medical science development, researchers have used stem cells cultivated in a petri dish to create the first synthetic embryo ever created outside of the womb.

These cells were cultured without the use of fertilized eggs, bypassing the need for sperm.

The said breakthrough could open doors for growing organs and tissues.

The research, which was released this week in the journal Cell, has expanded the field of studies into how stem cells evolve into various organs throughout embryonic development.

Using synthetic embryo models, this technique may one day make it possible to simply grow out tissues and organs for transplant.

“The embryo is the best organ-making machine and the best 3D bio-printer — we tried to emulate what it does,” Weizmann’s molecular genetics department senior scientist Jacob Hanna said. BKM/ Expat Media

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